Wenger is Arsenal’s Director of Football/Wages/Spin/Budget

And the Director of Everything had a great day at Stoke on Saturday.

Beat them 4-1 and played very well.

But Stoke didn’t turn up and Mark Hughes must have been seething

That victory keeps Arsenal in with a chance of 4th place.

It was a convincing performance that vindicated Wenger’s 3-4-3 switch AND his patient style of possession and passing from wide areas, rather than using crosses.

Years ago I was shocked when a piece in The Daily Telegraph by my pal Mihir Bose revealed that Wenger had been given control of wages AND transfers.

He had an overall budget and the board allowed him to improve the wages of his current squad, rather than bring in better players who would earn more but upset the others.

Wenger said: I’m a developmental manager.

That system pampered Denilson, the only Brazilian footballer who couldn’t run,  and dozens of others who should never have played for Arsenal, while preventing the signing of better players who could significantly improve the team.

One of the developmental manager’s most legendary comments was : the signing of  Xabi Alonso would kill Diaby!

That’s why I called it the Colney Creche.

On Sky’s Sunday Supplement the hacks were talking about the Arsenal team waking up around  this time of the season to secure 4th place just in time.

Paul Hayward said,”It doesn’t do the players any credit. It’s almost as if they’ve had a meeting and thought : We’ve got to be careful what we wish for here because under Wenger we’re living in a comfort zone, we’ve got a nice life here.

“If we bring him down, somebody else will come in – and life might not be as pleasant. So suddenly the engine goes on at the end of  the season, as we saw yesterday at Stoke. If they can finish the season like this, why can’t they play like that for the rest of the season?”